2000 Château Lagrange (St. Julien)

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92 Points

Friday, November 30, 2012 - Provenance, purchased at auction in Oct 2012 from Brentwood wine auction. Cork was pristine with sediment at bottom, sediment encrusted the top shoulder and down the side of the bottle, demonstrating that the wine was impeccably stored. Brought to J and G Steakhouse in Washington DC at the W Hotel, decanted for a little over an hour before being seated for dinner with CJK and AGS. Color was dark red, and the noise was dominated by earth and mushroom in a surprising but pleasant way as I did not expect such a nose from a Saint Julian. Tannin was still evident over the first hour and a half of consumption but was counter balanced by the meal. Showed best with the hangar streak entree. The fruit was not evident in the nose until the last 30 minutes of the 2 hour meal, but it always was there “in the taste” showing red and black fruits. Although the wine is not multidimensional at this stage so as to merit a solid A score, it certainly has the potential to take on more interesting secondary flavor components in 5 years and thereby deserve a higher score. My suggested drinking window of a properly cellared bottle of the 2000 vintage is between 2018 and 2035, with the ability to be consumed now with a 3 hour decant. Final note, very impressed with the quality of this well cellared wine from Brentwood.

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